Guest Column From State Representative Henne
Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act Protects the Unborn
January 12, 2018
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Legislation was signed into law last month that will increase equality for and the safety of Ohio’s unborn children. House Bill 214, also known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, was signed into law by Governor Kasich on December 22, and I was proud to support it.

The bill prohibits anyone from performing an abortion for a woman who is seeking one because her child has or may have Down syndrome. If an unlawful abortion is performed, the woman who received it would be given criminal immunity, while the person who provided the abortion would be found guilty of a fourth degree felony and his or her medical license revoked by the State Medical Board.

This bill is not intended to minimize the challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome, which many Ohioans face on a daily basis. There are certainly also cases in which a parent or family is simply unable to care for someone with special needs. Fortunately, adoption services and organizations like the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association are available for families that need assistance in our community.

Simply put, choosing to abort a child because he or she may have Down syndrome is discrimination. That is something every child should be protected from, whether in the womb or outside it. This bill aims to guard the unborn community and some of the most vulnerable among us. As this new year begins, I will continue seeking to protect Ohio’s children and families.


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